Momentum Builds Across Europe as BEUC Joins EC Investigation

ICOMP has long campaigned for the implementation of remedies in the online marketplace in order to redress the growing imbalance of power in favour of Google. Momentum has been growing across Europe, with both businesses and consumers who have experienced real damage expressing support of a change. Today BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation has published … read more

Complainants to Commission: “only sanctions will reinstate competition”

Today, eleven of the companies which complained to the European Commission about Google’s anticompetitive conduct published an open letter to Commissioner Almunia calling for official sanctions against the company. The signatories to the letter, which included ICOMP Members Foundem, Hot Maps and Streetmap, voiced concerns that any settlement agreement would not sufficiently address the issue of how Google … read more

Against the Goliaths of the online marketplace the law must stand behind David, says Reding

Yesterday the European Commission’s Vice President Viviane Reding addressed the EU Consumer Summit on the issue of enforcement. Ms Reding reaffirmed the vital importance of consumer defences, particularly in times of economic crisis, saying that consumer spending accounts for 56 per cent of the EU’s GDP but that its full potential could only be tapped … read more

Caught again!

Another day, another Google privacy breach. This time no less than 30 US states have taken aim at Google for surreptitiously collecting sensitive personal data sent over their WiFi networks.  According to a press release fromAttorney General Jepsen of Texas, they have not only fined Google, but they have also ordered Google to “engage in a comprehensive employee … read more

“A strong IP regime is an engine of growth, NOT a barrier” says UK broadcaster

This morning ICOMP attended the UK Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s eighth evidence session to explore the ways in which broadcasters and broadcasting associations are supporting the creative economy and areas in which the UK government could contribute. Among the panel of witnesses were representatives from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and BskyB. Among the … read more